by Roy Kekahuna
In a very short three months, BVA’s national
membership will see numerous changes to the National Board of Directors.
Change is a good thing when it brings new experience, new leadership,
new goals, and new opportunities. We hope that change in this case will
help us become more proactive in the dynamic arenas that make up the
universe of blinded veterans and their issues.
One of the themes of our recently
completed mid-winter meetings was the need to become, as an organization
and as the leadership of that organization, more proactive as opposed
to reactive. Doing so, we believe, will ensure a more promising future
for blinded veterans of all eras.
It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as your National
President the past two years. I would challenge all of us to become
involved in our regional groups, which are truly the heart and soul of
our organization and what we are trying to accomplish in service to one
another. Without the regional groups there would be no need or purpose
for a Board of Directors since there would be no means for communicating
the important issues to us.
BVA National Officers and Tom Zampieri presented Association's Legislative Achievement Award to Senator Daniel Akaka on March 15. Left to right: Mark Cornell, Sam Huhn, Senator Akaka, Roy Kekahuna, Steve Beres, and Tom Zampieri.
We strongly need new leadership at all
levels of this great organization. Please take my challenge and become
involved. Let us hear your voice. Make a difference instead of waiting
for others to lead you.
I encourage everyone to use the next
few days and weeks to make arrangements to join me and the Southern
Nevada Regional Group at the 66th National Convention. Las Vegas is now
my city and, as such, I feel comfortable in labeling it a fabulous venue
and welcome you all. There is so much to see and do here.
We are all happy to see members who
make it to just about every convention. I enjoy seeing everyone. What I
enjoy seeing even more are the blinded veterans and their families who
have never before experienced a BVA convention but who may return again
and again in subsequent years. Here they are welcomed as if they have
just come home. There are new friends to be made and knowledge to be
acquired. I hope there are many such attendees this year in Las Vegas
who will continue the legacy of the Blinded Veterans Association.